Good week- get ready for a really quick run down.
We received a referral this week from a member and when we went to go
visit a man named Emilio answered the door. He and sister orchard were
so surprised because Sister Orchard was the first missionary to ever
teach him! He was not baptized, but seems to be really open to it. It
was another evidence to me that God is aware of His children and has a
way prepared for them to receive the gospel. I really hope we can
discern his needs and help him make the covenant of baptism.
This week I gained a stronger testimony of prayer. I was feeling
discouraged but someone told me that no matter how discouraged you
might be the lowest you get is to your knees. That struck me deeply
and I began to pray. I felt so clearly that that prayer was some
personal time with my Heavenly Father, that He was listening, that He
knows I am weak and imperfect, but still loves me a lot and has been
and will continue to bless and help me. During the day Sister Orchard
and I kept a list of miracles or tender mercies that happened. And a
lot of them were little, like finding a quarter on the ground, but
others were truly incredible.
We felt prompted to go to a home of a potential investigator that
didn't seem very interested. We went and she invited us in. She had to
finish cooking something, but as we were waiting for her we talked to
her brother. After teaching a part of the restoration he told us that
he wants to be baptized and has been looking for this for a long time!
We were so thrilled we didn't know what to do for a moment, and then
we remembered that we needed to invite him to follow the example of
Jesus Christ. We hope he comes to church this Sunday!
I am so grateful for my Savior and the redeeming light of His love and
power. Every day in the mission is another experience in learning
about how the atonement can be applied to me personally. I love Him.